MDH student receives a grant for the best degree project

Oct 15, 2013 | Education

Antonio Cappiello, a former student at the Master’s Programme in Software Engineering at MDH and GSEEM (Global Software Engineering Master’s Programme in cooperation with VU Amsterdam and L’Aquila University), has received a grant for the best engineering degree project at MDH. The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers in Västmanland bestows the award and a SEK 5000 grant.

– I am very pleased and gratified about the grant bestowed on my degree project in which I present a solution for one of the most common problems in the software industry. I think I received the award because the concept that is presented in my work is easily applicable in other industries as well, and this was also stated in the explanatory statement, says Antonio Cappiello.

Antonio’s degree project ”Improving software evolvability by exploiting change history and software metrics” deals with ways of analysing software evolution that is the capability of software to develop in a cost effective fashion in relation to constantly changing external demands. As part of the project, Antonio has presented a unique combination of two existing methods used within the field, and thereby offered enhanced possibilities for improving and updating software more effectively, while avoiding changes that could entail poorer software performance.

J. C. Hans van Vliet from VU University Amsterdam and Joost Huizinga and Stephen Lorié from WoodWing Software in the Netherlands supervised the degree project. Ivica Crnkovic, MDH, was the examiner.

From Italy to Netherlands via Sweden
Antonio is originally from Italy, where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Università degli Studi di Salerno in 2009. The next year he enrolled in the two-year Master’s Programme in Software Engineering at MDH. Thanks to the international specialisation of the programme in the Global Software Engineering European Master, he was able to spend his second year at University Amsterdam in Netherlands, where he also completed his degree project at the company WoodWing Software.

– I liked it very much at MDH and VU Amsterdam University, both the education programme and the campus towns themselves. Thanks to this degree, it has been very easy to get a good job in software engineering, and at the moment I work in the software industry at Sitecom where I design, develop and test home networking devices and applications, like routers, modems, audio streaming units and mobile apps, says Antonio Cappiello.

Apply for a grant for the best degree project
The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers in Västmanland will award a grant for the best engineering degree project at MDH each year. The deadline for next year’s grant is 31 July, and all students who have completed their degree projects/essays with a passing grade in this academic year are eligible to apply.

– Through this grant, we would like to encourage students to study at Mälardalen University. Västmanland needs more engineers, and this is our way to introduce engineering students to regional companies in our network, says Bengt Tynnvall, Chair of The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers in Västmanland.

More information
For more information about the grant, please contact the IDT degree project coordinator Severinne Sentilles , Ivica Crnkovic or The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers in Västmanland .